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Oct. 24, 2007: New Calif. Energy Acts Include Incentives for Solar Water Heating

October 24, 2007
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has approved a number of energy bills, including the Solar Water Heating and Efficiency Act of 2007. The act requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to create financial incentives that will encourage the installation of solar hot water systems that displace the use of natural gas for water heating. As noted in the act, the California Solar Initiative currently provides incentives for solar hot water systems that replace electric water heaters, but not for systems that replace gas water heaters. The act requires the CPUC to establish a new fund for the incentives by adding a surcharge to the bills for most natural gas customers.

Schwarzenegger signed the solar water heating bill along with a number of other energy-related bills, including a bill that requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to adopt energy efficiency standards for general purpose lights, a move that will likely phase out the use of inefficient incandescent light bulbs in the state. The bill, AB 1109, will also limit the use of toxics such as mercury in general purpose lights. In addition, AB 662 allows the CEC to set water standards for appliances, AB 1103 requires utilities to maintain energy-use data for nonresidential buildings, and AB 1560 requires the CEC to incorporate standards for water efficiency and conservation into the state’s existing building standards.

In addition, the governor approved AB 532, which extends the deadline for state buildings to install solar energy systems; AB 1613, which authorizes the CPUC to require utilities to buy excess power from combined heat and power systems; and SB 1036, which eliminates the Renewable Resource Trust Fund and refunds it to customers.

Publication date: 10/22/2007

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